pic-tapTap dancing originated through an African style called “Juba”, an English style of clog dancing and Irish step dancing. Popular in the 19th century was a show called “Buck and Wing” danced vigorously in wooden-soled shoes another style used was a soft shoe style danced with a smoother feel. In 1925 the two styles had merged using metal taps on the toes and heels of the shoes to produce a more pronounced sound. Jazz provided further rhythmic complexity and “Bo Jangles” became America’s most famous tap dancer. The style was further expanded with dancers such as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and more recently such tap masters as Gregory Hines, Buster Brown and Savion Glover. Tap is a high-energy class focusing on rhythm, musicality and coordination. The class includes a warm up, technique in the center and intricate choreography.